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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2013

Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. CDC released a report in September 2013 documenting that each year more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result. This trend demands urgent action by patients, healthcare providers, facility administrators and health care insurers to preserve the last lines of defense against many of these germs. In conjunction with Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (November 18-24), the American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with CDC, released new guidance for treating common pediatric upper respiratory infections.

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Tom Frieden, MD, MPH


Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH

Our medicine cabinet is nearly empty of antibiotics to treat some infections. If doctors prescribe antibiotics carefully and patients take them as prescribed we can preserve these lifesaving drugs and avoid entering a post-antibiotic era.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arjun Srinivasan, MD


Photo: Arjun Srinivasan, MD

The threat of untreatable infections is real. Although previously unthinkable, the day when antibiotics don’t work is upon us. We are already seeing germs that are stronger than any antibiotics we have to treat them.

Arjun Srinivasan, MD - Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lauri Hicks, DO


Photo: Lauri Hicks, DO

We need antibiotics to combat life-threatening bacterial infections, and overuse of these drugs promotes resistance and reduces their effectiveness.

Lauri Hicks, DO - Medical Epidemiologist and Director of Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, Respiratory Diseases Branch, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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